The NFL regular season ended in January and now the teams are gearing up for the season to begin. Over the last couple weeks, the experts have picked most of the games to go over the NFL regular season total.
But which are the season winners?
Let’s look at our odds. I picked the Knicks to win it all last year, and then I predicted that the Mavs, Wolves and Cavaliers would all come in last in the West before that turned out not to be the case.
On the other hand, the Knicks, Cavaliers and Wolves are all going to finish in the top three in the East.
Here are our picks against the spread. They can be found at NFLPickWatch.com. I’m not giving out a money line.
New York Knicks (-2.5) at Milwaukee Bucks
This is quite a matchup. The Bucks have a number of power forwards and centers that they were counting on from the start. Khris Middleton is back from injury and Fesenko and Morrow are banged up as well. Tony Parker will start but he is not healthy. New York is a great matchup for the Bucks and they will probably get a win. – Metro
Chicago Bulls at Sacramento Kings (-4.5)
Sacramento has been pretty busy as of late, having already acquired both Aaron Afflalo and Ben McLemore from the Denver Nuggets. Add to that C.J. McCollum has been acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers and Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Atlanta Hawks. Throw in Stephen Curry who still hasn’t played in this game. – Shaun
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans (-7)
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are looking to move on from what happened last season. They played very close games late last season, losing on their home court to the Pelicans in the West semifinals. With the likes of Thomas Bryant, Dante Cunningham and Julius Randle out of the lineup, Kevin Durant has even more help than he did last season. – Shaun
Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks (-1.5)
Last year the Wolves finished 26-56 and this season was very much similar. They fell into the 27th spot with a 9-31 record. However they have a young, talented and loaded roster. Derrick Rose should be able to pick up where he left off in Chicago this season. And as long as Karl-Anthony Towns stays healthy, the Wolves should make the playoffs and have a better season than last year. – D.G.
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (-8)
What comes to mind when you think of this Celtics team? Questionable defensive play. Questionable offensive play. Many question marks. The point of the problem, which is basically the Celtics’ reputation, is that even though the average Celtics fans do like to complain about it, people only care about the defensive and offensive production. Also, the Celtics have basically three NBA Hall of Famers in Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Fact. – Jimmy
Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers (-1)
Portland has had an amazing start to the season winning 22 games in a row and holding the NBA’s best record at 38-10. The Blazers haven’t had many meetings with the Nuggets this season so expect this to be their best game of the season. – Marek
Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (-2.5)
Last week the Spurs clinched a playoff spot and improved to 39-10. But that hasn’t stopped them from losing four of their last five. They’ll be hungry to return to the playoffs this season. However, the Rockets are running as hot as ever, winning 19 of their last 23 games and currently holding the No. 2 seed in the West. – Steve
Portland Trail Blazers (-2.5) at Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have been playing very good basketball lately and have gone 12-1-1 in their last 15 games. In the process they’ve taken control of the No. 8 seed in the West and are one game behind the Utah Jazz. The Blazers though only have a better record than the Timberwolves, and while they should have a better record, it will be a tough game for the Blazers this weekend as well. – H.R.
Phoenix Suns (-2.5) at Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry returns to San Francisco. – MMA
Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors (+2.5)
If the Raptors lose this one, they will officially be eliminated from the playoffs. I am expecting them to lose on Friday, but the teams that want to win are the Raptors and Hawks. I’m expecting the Raptors to hand the Pistons their third loss in a row. – Dan